Obehi Janice

Neighborhood Salon Luminary

Obehi Janice is an award-winning actress, writer, and comedian. As a leader in the millennial renaissance of socio-political arts and culture, she shares her views on faith, identity, race, creativity, and mental health through published articles, public speaking, and in the theater.

Janice is the TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor at Company One Theatre in Boston. A graduate of Georgetown University, Janice was named "Boston's Best Actress" by the Improper Bostonian in 2014. Recent acting credits include An Octoroon, Mr g, and her solo show, FUFU & OREOS. Her potent writing has been featured in Kinfolks, a journal of black expression. She has garnered esteem and recognition from Bustle, WBUR, DigBoston, For Harriet, and the Boston Globe. Her comedic short, BLACK GIRL YOGA, was the winner of the Reel 13/AfroPunk Film Competition (WNET/New York Public Media).

I was able to deepen my artistic practice, enjoy Isabella's creation and fellowship, and build with some of the best creative minds in the city.

— Obehi Janice

During her time as a Luminary, Janice wrote and performed several original works including a piece in Calderwood Hall riffing off ideas of virginity and contemporary dating life inspired by the painting The Annunciation. During her performance African Tea, inspired by the Gardner Museum’s Henry James and American Painting exhibition, she shared stories of colonialism and identity through the lens of tea and Malta Goya. Janice performed excerpts from her solo Fufu & Oreos.

Follow her on Instagram @fufuandoreos.